New Book: Outdoor Program Administration: Principles and Practices

Outdoor Program Administration book coverA new book has just come out from Human Kinetics Publishing from the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) that adds to the growing list of text books that focus on outdoor education and is a great reference title for any professional's library. The editors, Mat Epeldring and Geoff Harrison have brought together experts from across the industry to explain administering outdoor programs from the inside out. Available from Amazon.com and Human Kinetics.

[Full disclosure - the authors included a graphic on risk management and decision making from one of my lectures. I did not receive any compensation for the use of my material.]

About the Author:

The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) provides opportunities for professionals and students in the field of outdoor recreation and education. AORE’s mission is to exchange information; promote the preservation and conservation of the natural environment; and address issues common to college, university, community, military, and other not-for-profit outdoor recreation and education programs.

Geoff Harrison, MS, has been working in the field of health and recreation for over 20 years and has been fostering student and staff development at Boise State University since 1998. Geoff serves as the associate director of education and recreation at Boise State University, where he oversees multiple programs and service areas, department partnerships, and initiatives. He also serves as an adjunct faculty for the department of kinesiology. Prior to his work at Boise State, Geoff worked in the fields of publishing, event promotion, and domestic and international adventure travel.

Geoff has served the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education as a committee chair, board member, conference host, and interim national director. In 2010, Geoff was the recipient of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education’s Jim Rennie Leadership Award.

Mat Erpelding, MA, has been working in the field of physical education and outdoor leadership for over 15 years. Currently, he teaches at the College of Western Idaho in the physical education department and at Boise State University in the leadership studies minor. Additionally, Mat guides mountain climbers and teaches courses for the American Alpine Institute and teaches wilderness medicine courses for the Wilderness Medicine Training Center. Before making the transition to outdoor education, Mat worked as a developmental therapist and in the mental health industry.

Mat is a past president of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education and served on committees and the board of directors and as a conference host. In 2006, Mat was the recipient of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education’s Jim Rennie Leadership Award, and in 2010 he received the Instructor of the Year Award from the Wilderness Education Association.

Mat and Geoff co-own Experiential Adventures LLC. They provide training and consulting services to organizations that foster leadership development, help organizations manage change, develop positive organizational cultures that promote success, and build professionalism in outdoor programs through trainings and certifications.

 

From the Publisher:

Outdoor recreation programming is a growing and diverse field that requires administrators to be ready to work in complex and multidisciplinary environments. Outdoor Program Administration: Principles and Practices will help both seasoned and new administrators—as well as students and emerging professionals—flourish in various settings, including university, military, government, commercial, and nonprofit organizations.

You’ll learn the best contemporary administrative strategies and practices from veteran professionals from the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE). The AORE authors provide extensive coverage of all aspects of administrative duties and responsibilities from a diverse organizational setting.

Outdoor Program Administration: Principles and Practices guides you in developing and sustaining programs in outdoor recreation settings across public, private, and nonprofit sectors. You will reap the benefits of the experience shared by the AORE authors, who also provide questions and critical thinking exercises that will enhance the materials and deepen your understanding.

This reference explores all the issues pertinent to being a successful outdoor program administrator. The book has four sections: Outdoor Program Foundations, Program Design and Implementation, Staffing Considerations, and Facilities and Programs. Topics you’ll delve into include

  • designing and developing programs;
  • risk management and legal considerations;
  • budgeting and financial operations;
  • marketing and land access (permits);
  • environmental stewardship;
  • staff recruitment, supervision, training, and assessment; and
  • management of indoor climbing walls and challenge courses.

Outdoor Program Administration: Principles and Practices presents material that will help you improve your administrative skills and enhance the programs you oversee. As such, it’s an essential book for your professional library.
 

Contents

 Preface

Part I. Outdoor Program Foundations

Chapter 1. The Outdoor Program Administrator
Geoff Harrison, MS, and Mat Erpelding, MA
Outdoor Program Administration Defined
Outdoor Program Administrator Defined
Skill Sets for Outdoor Program Administrators
Administrative Competence
Acquiring Skills
Professional Maintenance
Administrative Challenges
Summary

Chapter 2. History of Outdoor Recreation in the United States: An Outdoor Program Administrator’s Perspective
Steven P. Guthrie, PhD, Bryan J. Cavins, EdD, and Jerome Gabriel, MEd
The Beginnings of Environmentalism and Outdoor Recreation: 1825 to 1880
The Beginnings of a Profession: 1880 to 1920
National Environmental Consciousness and Outdoor Recreation Evolves: 1920s to 1960s
Adventure Programming Emerges: 1960s to 1990
Outdoor Adventure Programming Today (1990 to Present)
Summary

Chapter 3. Dimensions of Outdoor Recreation Programs
Todd Bauch, MEd, and Steve Hutton, MA
Three Service Sectors of Outdoor Recreation Programs
Common Programmatic Types
Common Facilities or Resources of Outdoor Programs
Outdoor Program Administrative Structures and Models
Summary

Chapter 4. The Future of Outdoor Program Administration
Laurlyn K. Harmon, PhD, and Susan L. Johnson, MS
Evolving Participant Characteristics
Staffing
Professionalization of the Field: Standards, Certifications, Accreditation
Youth and the Outdoors
Technology and the Outdoors
Sustainability
Collaborations and Partnerships
Outcome Assessment
Summary

Part II. Program Design and Implementation

Chapter 5. Administrative Risk Management
Mat Erpelding, MA, and Geoff Harrison, MS
Terms and Definitions of Risk Management
Creating a Comprehensive Risk-Management Plan
Summary

Chapter 6. Designing and Developing Outdoor Recreation and Education Programs
Todd Miner, EdD, and Heidi Erpelding-Welch, MS
Vision
Mission Statement
Strategic Plan
Sustainability
Dealing With Change: Evolve to Survive and Thrive
Summary

Chapter 7. Legal Considerations in Outdoor Recreation
Brent Wilson, JD, and Tracey Knutson, JD
Negligence
Legal Definition (Elements) of Negligence
Negligence and Related Theories of Liability
Defenses Against Negligence
Role of Insurance in Legal Liability Matters
Summary

Chapter 8. Budgeting and Financial Operations of Outdoor Programs
Tim J. Moore, MS, and Geoff Harrison, MS
Budget Components
Budget-Development Strategies
Forecasting Expenses and Revenue
Summary

Chapter 9. Marketing Outdoor Programs
Geoff Harrison, MS, and John McIntosh, PhD
Marketing Basics
Identifying the Market
Marketing Mix
Developing a Marketing Plan
Branding
Marketing Methods
Summary

Chapter 10. Access and Permitting for Use of Public Lands
Rachel M. Peters, MA
Outdoor Programs on Public Lands
Permitting Defined
Management Agencies and Regulations
Permitting Tips
Summary

Chapter 11. Environmental Stewardship
Whitney Ward, PhD, and Will Hobbs, PhD
History of Environmental Stewardship in the United States
Major Impacts of Recreation Today
Applied Environmental Stewardship
Integration of Environmental Stewardship and Recreation
Summary

Chapter 12. Developing Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines for Outdoor Programs
Mat Erpelding, MA, Curt Howell, MA, and Brien Sheedy, MA
Characteristics of Quality Policy, Procedure, and Guideline Documents
Considerations Specific to Developing Policies and Procedures
Developing Administrative Policies and Procedures
Developing Field Policies and Procedures
Summary

Part III. Staffing Considerations

Chapter 13. Staff Recruitment and Supervision
Jeff Turner, PhD, and Leigh Jackson-Magennis, MEd
Human Resource Planning
Staff Selection
Staff Supervision
Summary

Chapter 14. Staff Training
Bruce Saxman, MA, and Tom Stuessy, PhD
Needs Assessment
Staff-Training Progression
Mentoring
Staff-Training Assessment
Mechanisms for Training Assessment and Evaluation of Staff
Staff-Training Designs: Integrated Training Model
Activity-Specific Training
Staff Appraisal
Summary

Chapter 15. Staff Assessment
Jenny Kafsky, PhD, and Mark Wagstaff, EdD
The Basics and Purpose of Staff Assessment
An Effective Environment for Assessment
Assessment Criteria
Assessment Tools
An Effective Assessment System
Summary

Part IV. Facilities and Programs

Chapter 16. Rental Operations
Rob Jones, MS
Planning
Purchasing
Rental Center Operations
Summary

Chapter 17. Indoor Climbing Walls
John Bicknell, MA, and Guy deBrun, MS
History of Artificial Climbing Walls
Climbing Wall Facilities and Construction
Climbing Wall Activities
Climbing Wall Management
Summary

Chapter 18. Challenge Course Management
Christina Carter Thompson, MS, and Adam Bondeson, BA
Challenge Terms
History
Challenge Course Program Design and Outcomes
Primary Influences on Challenge Programming
Challenge Course Facilities
Designing and Choosing a Course
Bidding Process
Building Process
The Challenge Course Administrator
Organizational Support and Resources
Summary

Chapter 19. Land-Based Programming
Curt Howell, MA
Incident Prevention and Incident Response
Cost Analyses
Determining Learning Outcomes
Risk Management
Backpacking
Climbing
Caving Programs
Mountaineering
Ski Programs
Cycling
Summary

Chapter 20. Water-Based Programming
Chris Stec, BS, and Geoff Harrison, MS
Incident Prevention and Incident Response: Needs Assessment
Water-Based Programming: Flat Water
Water-Based Programming: Moving-Water and Whitewater Venues
Water-Based Programming: Open Water
Summary

Chapter 21. Special Events Programming
Brent Anslinger, BS, and Amy Anslinger, BS
Special Event Options
Risk Management for Special Events and Competitions
Assessing and Planning for Your Event
Staffing
Managing the Event
Developing Timelines for Successful Events
Putting the Planning Into Motion
Summary

 
References and Resources
Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors
 
Audiences

 

Reference for outdoor program professionals in university, military, nonprofit, and other settings and for outdoor professional employers. Text for college and university students.